Prepping Your Property for Winter
So it might reach nearly 90 degrees on this Fall day…but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be thinking about winter and preparing for it! Winter storms can impact any property, large or small, but there are certain steps you can take to help prevent serious damage. Preparation is key in avoiding winter storm damage repair. As you head into fall inspections, keep things things in mind:
- Check the Exterior. Repair any damage to downspouts or drains, clear gutters, bring in someone for a roof check. Make sure the exterior of your property can handle the season’s worst.
- Trim Your Trees. If you have trees and bushes near your property, make sure they’re trimmed so that should an ice storm hit, your building won’t pay the price.
- Plan for Plows. Make sure you have a plan in place to clear any accumulated snow and ice. If you get stuck dealing with winter storm damage repair, you want to make sure you can access your property right away.
- Keep the Temps Up. Even in unoccupied spaces, keep the temperature above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This ensures pipes will stay warm enough to avoid freezing and bursting.
- Disaster Plan. Make a list of worst-case scenarios and how you’ll deal with them when it comes to managing your property. Anything from a burst pipe to a major winter storm can impact your day-to-day operations. List these events and what your plan is to deal with them. Make sure your team knows about the plans as well. Communication is key.
Dealing with a Loss
Even with the best preparation, winter storm damage can occur and it can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be devastating. Here are some things to tackle right away:
- Contact Your Insurance Company. Explain the situation and talk through your options. Knowing the status of the damage and what you can do about it immediately goes a long way.
- Call the Professionals. If you’re looking at winter storm damage repair, bring in the professionals ASAP. Restoration companies are experienced in helping you and your property get back up and running as quickly as possible, no matter how big the job.
- Keep Good Records. Keep records of everything you’ve done, had inspected and repaired (consider keeping photo records as well). These records and receipts can be invaluable to preventing further damage or cost.
With winter just around the corner, it’s time to get prepared before the next storm takes aim. And if disaster does strike, call us for winter storm damage repair. You can count on South River Restoration to help!
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